And I'm Gantry Zettler, 32 years old from Chicago. I never wrestled, but followed my best buddy all through high school and his little brother going into college. Around 1999 I went to my first Midlands and haven't missed one since. Been to every NCAAs since 2001 or so as well.
Went to Northern Illinois and got to see them put out some darn tough wrestlers such as Scott Owen & Ben Heizer during my time there. I'm hoping they get back to that level shortly.
I run a computer business in the Chicago area and spent way too much time on message boards, including one I run for the old Nintendo game RBI Baseball.
My name is Ben, Ben Golden, and I've never really done anything with my life.
Anyways, I'm a 21 year old mechanical engineering student at Ohio State. I'll be graduating in the spring, and I have no idea what I'm going to do. Maybe try and get a job, maybe join the Army. I wrestled for a while when I was younger, but then I took a break and didn't get back to it until I was a Jr. in HS. I've always felt I have a great frame for wrestling, and I'm plenty strong, but I wasn't good at picking up moves and I had a bad work ethic. So, I was the backup to one of the best heavyweights in Ohio.
My cousin was an awesome wrestler, up through jr. high. He got burnt out and didn't wrestle his first 2 years of HS, though. When he returned his junior year, he was probably the best wrestler on our team--a 218 pounder with the strength of most heavyweights, good speed, and an arsenal of takedowns most lightweights would covet (funny: he refused to cut to 215 and wrestled as a heavyweight). Mostly I just love to follow wrestling and learn about the wrestlers. When he started wrestling again, I began obsessing about the best heavyweights in the state--Dustin Fox, Kirk Nail (who ended up AAing as a frosh for tOSU, Tony Johnson, and Adam Hoppel a guy who would have been a serious title contender for years in college if he hadn't played football instead. Anyway, I realized that Ohio had some of the best wrestlers out there, and I've been hooked ever since.
This year I've decided I'm going to make my mark.
A very well written synopsis -had I met you 5 years ago I would have dragged your dope smoking hippie butt to practise -you were ''to the manor born''-as a coach I would have killed for an intelligent hwt.. You can always pack on muscle mass and muscle memory -grey matter is hard to find .
I KNOW OSU has an intramural program -I believe you owe it to your self top give it a shot .
My name's Rick, but some of my friends call me, The Rick. Some of you may have known my on thematforums as snwbrdwint.
Rick Eckle, 36yrs old, I live (and grew up) in Upper Arlington, OH, which is just across the Olentangy from The Ohio State University where I work in the medical center. As work allows I take advantage of the tuition assistance and am slowly working toward my BA in political science. No real reason for that degree, except that the subject matter interests me, and the BA will open doors to move up the management tree here. I'll be married for one year on November 1st to my wife Lesleigh.
I started wrestling in 7th grade and got hooked from the first day. I was a pretty good wrestler in high school, competed at cadet nationals once and eventually placed 3rd at the state tournament my senior year. I went on to wrestle at Ohio U. but two shoulder surgeries my freshman year caused me to make the bad decision to quit competitive wrestling and move back home. I've coached wrestling at all age levels off and on for the last 15 years, but these days, I'm just a fan.
Yeah I know they have a club team and I'd like to get involved with it. I really don't have time for it though.
My name is Jerry, Badcat was my military nickname earned during a brawl outside of the Airmans club in Frankfurt Germany. I'm 36 and I've been married for 17 years, have a daughter(10) and a son (8), and I work as a Senior Network Designer (Geek)
Wrestled in JH and HS although I sat out my senior season because the head wrestling coach was a piece of shit. (Long Story) I was an "OK" wrestler...but fell in love with Greco wrestling while serving in Europe and wrestled for the Air Force team. I was invited to the Olympic Qualifier in Rome, Italy....however my base commander wouldn't sign off to let me go.
I currently coach youth wrestling in Hershey, PA and it's the highlight of my year. My son Devan, aka Dev-a-stator, wrestles the 8 and under division at 55lbs. He's much better than I ever was. His cousins were DII All American wrestlers for UPJ under Pecora. So, he gets his skills from that side of the family.
I recently got back on the mat at the Keystone games and earned a silver medal. This season. I'm training hard and hitting a few grappling tournaments as well. There is nothing as enjoyable as the smell of Resilite in the morning.
A lot of people on here know me but I'm bored at work so here goes nothing.
Nick Frost, 28 and currently living in Mesa Arizona. Grew up in Virginia wrestling for PWA. Same club as the Stiths, Frishkorns, Mike Akers, Victor Jackson, Byron Tucker, Gripsnhips, etc. My dad was the president of the club and Keith Mourlam and Joe Boone were the coaches at the time. Learned pretty much all of my wrestling from Mourlam and he's always been a big influence in my life no matter what personal issues he might have had.
Moved to Arizona the summer before my freshman year. Had a very successful high school career and was first team Asics All-American my senior year. Decided to go to ASU because it was close to home, in hindsight wish I would have gone to Michigan. Did ok in college, was pretty much always ranked top 15, won PAC-10s twice, 2-2 at NCAAs every year. Didn't really mesh well with the head coaches and was hard to balance wrestling a tough DI schedule and keep a high GPA in Computer Systems Engineering. I should have done better and could have done some things differently, but I met a lot of great people and got my education out of the deal, so can't complain too much.
Now I'm a Systems Engineer at General Dymanics in Scottsdale, coaching high school wrestling, and going in and helping at ASU a few times a week as well. I love wrestling and it will always be a huge part of my life. Plan on going to the Vegas tourney this year with my dad, as well as NCAAs like always.
"Now class, I'd like for you to transition from downward dog....straight to FULL BRING!!!"